On historical recordings

A window into some important reflections for students and performers of classical music. At a group lesson at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, September 2020, we listened to recordings produced before the advent of mass media such radio broadcasting and the record industry – that is before 1920. (See playlist below) There was general agreement, that compared to today, these old recordings showed some clear tendencies: There were much (very much) more changes in the pulse and especially the rhythmical values of single notes. The recordings seemed more intuitive and more focused on expression/narration/contrasts. There was much more focus on artistic communication instead of presenting a reading of the… Read More

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